The Prince of Wales revealed this week that he’s been brushing up on his Welsh in honor of his new role.
As the royal mourning period officially came to a close on Tuesday, Prince William and Princess Kate traveled to Wales, marking the first time they’ve visited the country since becoming the Prince and Princess of Wales following Queen Elizabeth’s death. While there, the couple spoke with several locals, including Reverend Steven Bunting who hosted them during a visit to St. Thomas’s Church in Swansea, which offers both a food bank and baby supplies to those in need. Reverend Bunting told People that he had a chat with William during which, “He talked about learning Welsh and shared some Welsh phrases he’s trying to do.” He also revealed that the prince is currently working on the phrases “paned,” meaning a cup, and “bara brith,” which is a traditional Welsh tea bread.
Reverend Bunting added that the timing of the Prince and Princess of Wales’s visit was especially significant to the locals as it came as soon as feasibly possible following the late monarch’s passing. “He is throwing himself into the new role,” he said. “The fact that they’ve come straight here on day one says it all.” William and Kate also previously lived in the country when they were newlyweds in 2011. The Reverend gave the couple a tour of the church, showing them around the food bank that supports over 200 local citizens a week, as well as the Swansea Baby Basics that provides essential childcare supplies to people throughout the city. Of the visit, Reverend Bunting said, “It was remarkable. The Prince and Princess of Wales spoke to everyone in the building — young and old. They are clearly committed to listening to the stories of the people in Wales. They were incredibly interested in everybody.” He continued, “You try to stick to a certain plan, but they were having none of it. They were having none of it and wanted to speak to everyone.”
William also helped pack up some supplies at the food bank, and Kate did the same with the baby goods. Rachel Bunting, the wife of the reverend and mother of two-year-old Charlotte, who helped the princess pack up the care packages, enthused that the royal, “was fabulous. The kids all loved her. She doesn’t talk down to them and can have a conversation — and they appreciate that.” She added, “She was asking about what would be helpful and what resources would be useful.” The Princess of Wales has been involved with the UK’s baby bank network since the beginning of the pandemic when she brought a number of companies together to donate over 10,000 new items to over 40 organizations. “There were a few weeks when we were starting to really struggle because we weren’t getting the things we needed,” Rachel explained. “But the toiletries that her initiative provided was a lifeline to those people. It made a huge difference.” She concluded, “We don’t get royal visits here often and today made a massive difference. You can see kids everywhere and they’re so excited. For them, they’re probably the most approachable royals. It’s been a massive boost.”
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